Four Defendants Charged In Conspiracy To Distribute Testosterone And Human Growth Hormones To Underage High School And Professional Athletes
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and A.D. Wright, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, announce the filing of a superseding indictment charging Yuri Sucart, 52, of Miami, FL, Juan Carlos Nuñez, 48, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Lazaro Daniel Collazo, a/k/a “Lazer,” “Laser,” 50, of Hialeah, FL, and Paulo Berejuk, a/k/a “Pablo Berejuk,” “Paolo Berejuk,” 50, of Cutler Bay, with conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone to underage high school and professional athletes. The charges stem from a DEA investigation, which focused on the illegal distribution of testosterone by the charged defendants in Miami-Dade County, and elsewhere. In August 2014, seven defendants, including Sucart, Nuñez, and Collazo, were charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone. Defendants Anthony Publio Bosch, Carlos Javier Acevedo, Jorge Augustine Velazquez, and Christopher Benjamin Engroba have entered guilty pleas and are pending sentencing in connection with this conspiracy.
The charges, filed in August 2014, focused on the illegal distribution of testosterone by the operators of several anti-aging clinics in Miami, Florida, recruiters for these clinics, and a black market distributor of testosterone. These anti-aging clinics were incorporated under several different corporate names: Biogenesis of America, LLC; Biokem, LLC; Revive Miami, LLC; and others by the same group of people who occasionally worked together in the time period 2008 through 2012. One of the original founders of these clinics was Anthony Bosch.
The superseding indictment charges Sucart, Collazo, Nuñez, and Berejuk with one count of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule III controlled substance, that is, the anabolic steroid testosterone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; and one count of conspiracy to distribute human growth hormone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 333(e)(1) and (e)(2). Additionally, Sucart has been charged with five counts of distribution of testosterone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2; and Collazo has been charged with one count of distribution of human growth hormone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 333(e)(1) and (e)(2).
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum possible statutory sentence of 10 years in prison on each count.
Mr. Ferrer thanked the DEA for their work on this investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Michal P. Sullivan and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharad A. Motiani.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.